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John F Kennedy Middle School
Hometown:
Wading River, New York
Class Information:
Room Number: 112
Students per Class: 90
Class Description:
My schedule is comprised of two ELA blocks of approximately an hour and twenty minutes and one section of Social Studies for forty minutes. This year I have asked to have all students in sixth grade who need Academic Intervention Services for reading because last year I asked to try this with one section of my class. I asked to co-teach with the reading teacher. Together, we created a rich reading and writing environment for the heterogeneously grouped students. She did not have to push in to help individual students in 10 different classrooms. It worked beautifully. In Social Studies, we are so fortunate to have a large research institution down the street from us. The students, many of whom will be the first to attend college in their families, have the opportunity to work with anthropologists who are the leaders in their field.
Position:
Teacher
Needs:
The students who work with me come from a very diverse group of families. We have students from all socioeconomic classes. We have a population of students (about 13%) who are emergent English learners. We have many families who are just trying to keep their heads above water in this turbulent financial time and when you are trying to just get food on the table, school can come last in some places. The students in my classroom need a teacher who is able to see what their needs are, with the understanding and empathy that not all children go home to the same kind of environment.
My Philosophy:
Learning is children doing! Students need to know what skills/knowledge they are expected to acquire, and then work with the teacher who helps them frame work that will help them attain the knowledge and skills. The students create their own assessment rubrics, map out deadlines, etc... At the heart of all of this, is love. Students sitting in my class know they are loved. They all have my email address, my home phone number and my cell phone. They can call me/text me when they need help with homework, or anything else. I have done things this way for nine years and it has helped me build strong partnerships with students.
Personal Information:
About Me:
I only became a teacher nine years ago. I was a store manager, assistant buyer and sales manager before becoming a teacher. All these things made me a better teacher. I am responsible for teaching students about the real world. Most of the learning opportunities I seek for students are centered around service learning. Service learning creates mutually beneficial partnerships. The most important thing about me, is that I am a mother to four children, Matt 7, Mollie 7, Meghan 5, and Mikey 3.
College and Degrees:
Rutgers University, BA Political Science Queens College, MS Education HofstraUniversity, PhD Literacy Studies (currently attending)
Activities:
Running, reading, drawing and reading research.
Favorite Books:
The Kite Runner, The Hour I First Believed
Employment History:
Kay Bee Toys, Noodle Kidoodle, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Caldor, Comsewogue School District
Why Do I Teach?:
I teach because I live to use my skills to help others reach their dreams. My job as a teacher draws on all of the other roles I have played in my life:student, store manager, assistant buyer, sales, and mother. It requires me to think, like I never have before. Each year, every child has different needs and I enjoy helping the child discover what those needs are, and devising ways to help each child learn.
Percent of Students are:
     At-risk: 50 %
     Average: 20 %
     High-achiever: 10 %
     Special Needs: 20 %
ESL Enrollment:: 13 %
Average number of students in class:: 30 students
Number of students I teach:: 90 students